In many ways, Jet Lag Gemini are early bloomers. While the New Jersey-based band met and formed while still in their early teens during high school, one wouldn’t suspect youth or a lack of experience from their mature and polished sound. Representing three countries between them, lead singer/rhythm guitarist, Misha Safonov (22), emigrated from Russia in 1993, lead guitarist, Vlad Gheorghiu (18) and his brother and bass player, Matt Gheorghiu (20), came to the U.S. seven years ago from Romania. Rounding out the band, drummer Dan Diliberto (18), the lone non-immigrant of the group, grew up in New Jersey.
The band’s first EP, Business (Doghouse Records 2006), with its playful and classic rock leanings, merely hinted at things to come. Jet Lag Gemini’s knack for blending the energy of more abrasive bands with great pop hooks and hair-raising guitar solos, has won them countless fans both locally and nationwide. This culminated in several national tours including dates on the Vans Warped Tour, as well as playing with Hellogoodbye, The Almost, the Matches, Halifax, and others.
The fiery opener, “Run This City,” from the band’s debut album, Fire The Cannons, demonstrates its unusual flare for dramatic melodies. Led by Misha’s commanding voice, Vlad’s unrelenting guitar heroics, and Matt and Dan’s driving rhythm, the album packs a powerful punch.
“The firing of the cannons signifies both the beginning and end of the battle,” says Jet Lag Gemini frontman, Misha Safonov. “Fire The Cannons traces the steps in the battle of self acceptance. These songs are about changes, loss of friendships and the dreaded arrival of responsibilities you face in the roller coaster days known as growing up. While these songs are very personal, I think we’ve managed to make an album that anyone can relate to.”
Produced by Jon Kaplan (The Starting Line, Lola Ray), Fire The Cannons is the perfect marriage of both shimmery pop and rock ‘n’ roll grit, and will be released by Doghouse Records on January 22, 2008. It will be a rock odyssey you will surely not want to miss.